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Options December 16, 2013: It's Christmas. All Over. Again.

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Artist Track Album Label Format Approx. start time
Carla Thomas  Gee Whiz, It's Christmas   Options 7" Single  Atlantic    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band  Merry Christmas Baby   Options War 7" Single  Columbia    0:02:33 (Pop‑up)
The Five Keys  It's Christmas   Options The Ultimate R&B Christmas Volume 3  The Right Stuff    0:07:36 (Pop‑up)
Slade  Merry Xmas Everybody   Options Get Yer Boots On: the Best of Slade  Shout! Factory    0:09:45 (Pop‑up)
Orange Juice  Holiday Hymn   Options The Glasgow School (Coals to Newcastle Box)  Domino    0:13:07 (Pop‑up)
Wreckless Eric  Christmas   Options The Wreckless Eric Yuletide Forty-Five  Kelt    0:16:39 (Pop‑up)
Chris Stamey Group  Sha La La (Deck the Halls)   Options Christmas Time  Coyote    0:21:06 (Pop‑up)
Holly Golightly & the Greenhornes  Little Stars   Options Little Stars 7"  Damaged Goods    0:24:56 (Pop‑up)
Big Star  Jesus Christ (Alternate Mix)   Options WFMU's War on Christmas (V/A)  WFMU    0:27:54 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

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0:30:47 (Pop‑up)
Marvin Gaye  Purple Snowflakes   Options A Motown Christmas, Volume 2 (V/A)  Motown / Universal    0:36:53 (Pop‑up)
Bobby's Blue Band  Merry Christmas Baby   Options Flexi Single  Hot Fudge  Other  0:39:57 (Pop‑up)
Rotary Connection (featuring Minnie Riperton)  Christmas Love   Options Have A Merry Chess Christmas (V/A)  Chess / MCA    0:43:33 (Pop‑up)
James Brown & the Famous Flames  The Christmas Song   Options 7" Single  King    0:46:54 (Pop‑up)
Johnny Adams  Please Come Home for Christmas   Options Christmas in New Orleans with Johnny Adams  Maison de Soul    0:48:43 (Pop‑up)
Darlene Love  Happy Xmas (War is Over)   Options It's Christmas, Of Course  Shout! Factory    0:53:41 (Pop‑up)
The BellRays  Rocket Ship Santa   Options A BellRays Christmas  Cheap Lullaby    0:57:05 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

Optigan  

 

0:59:02 (Pop‑up)
The Weather Girls  Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man this Christmas)   Options 12" Single  Columbia    1:06:55 (Pop‑up)
Mirror Image  Good King Wenceslas   Options Yuletide Disco  Pickwick    1:12:44 (Pop‑up)
August Darnell  Christmas on Riverside Drive   Options A Christmas Record (V/A)  ZE Records    1:16:31 (Pop‑up)
The Pointer Sisters  Santa Claus is Coming to Town   Options A Very Special Christmas  A&M    1:21:33 (Pop‑up)
Rufus Thomas  I'll Be Your Santa, Baby   Options It's Christmas Time Again  Stax    1:24:52 (Pop‑up)
Otis Redding  Merry Christmas Baby   Options 7" Single  ATCO    1:28:16 (Pop‑up)
The Kinks  Father Christmas   Options 7" Single  Flashback Records    1:30:56 (Pop‑up)
Elastica  Gloria   Options Just Say Noel (V/A)  Geffen    1:34:49 (Pop‑up)
Paul Haig  Scottish Christmas   Options Ghosts Of Christmas Past (V/A)  Les Disques du Crépuscule    1:37:38 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

Optigan  

 

1:41:13 (Pop‑up)
Sarge  Last Christmas   Options The My Pal God Holiday Record [V/A]  My Pal God Records    1:48:28 (Pop‑up)
The Gwens  Christmas Love   Options Kindercore Christmas Two (V/A)  Kindercore    1:51:50 (Pop‑up)
Eleanor Friedberger  Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me   Options Holidays Rule (V/A)  Hear Music    1:54:51 (Pop‑up)
Martin Mull  Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope   Options 7" Single  Capricorn    2:00:09 (Pop‑up)
The Kaisers  Merry Christmas Loopy Lu   Options 7" Single  Norton    2:02:28 (Pop‑up)
Yo La Tengo  Rock & Roll Santa   Options Merry Christmas from Yo La Tengo  Egon    2:05:22 (Pop‑up)
The Ventures  Silver Bells   Options The Ventures Christmas Album  Razor & Tie    2:08:50 (Pop‑up)
Spinal Tap  Christmas with the Devil   Options Christmas with the Devil 7" Single  Enigma    2:11:32 (Pop‑up)
Fountains of Wayne  I Want an Alien for Christmas   Options I Want an Alien for Christmas  Atlantic    2:15:27 (Pop‑up)
Astronaut Frank Borman  Christmas Greeting From Space   Options Great Speeches of the 20th Century  Rhino / WEA    2:17:52 (Pop‑up)
R2D2 & C-3PO  R2D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas   Options Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album  RSO/Polydor    2:18:29 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

Optigan  

 

2:21:44 (Pop‑up)
The Apples in Stereo  Holiday Mood   Options Oh Santa! New & Used Holiday Classics (V/A)  Yep Roc    2:30:43 (Pop‑up)
Matt Pond PA  Holiday Road   Options Winter Songs  Altitude    2:33:09 (Pop‑up)
The Pretenders  2000 Miles   Options Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Xmas (V/A)  Rhino    2:36:29 (Pop‑up)
The Carpenters  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas   Options Christmas Portrait  A&M    2:40:39 (Pop‑up)
 


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:03am pacific standard simon:

Therese, this is in my top five Christmas songs -- The original "Christmas Wrapping".
Avatar 12:04am Cherry Ice:

Hey Therese, I hace a sketchy wifi connection and a bad audio jack on the laptop. If my signal doesn't drop my channel might. You are freakin' me out. Good Morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:04am pacific standard simon:

The Carla Thomas, I mean.
  12:05am KP:

Merry Merry, Therese
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:06am pacific standard simon:

Right up there with "New York's A Lonely Town" and "Christmas In Jail" -- the holiday ain't complete without 'em.
Avatar 12:08am weather cup:

Ha Ha, you're just messin' with me now :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:13am Therese:

Hi everybody! Thank you for indulging me this holiday season!
Avatar 12:15am peak seasonings:

Your show has me wiggling my wire alright.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15am chad from oregon:

Hey Therese, looking forward to the holiday themed show tonight! (OJ! Yeah!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:16am pacific standard simon:

Indulging you? I'll be replaying this at work!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:17am Tome:

hi Therese love it !!! , hi Kiddles ! great set of x-mas indeed !
  12:17am KP:

I heard a guy on Ave A today sing Greg Lake's Father Christmas. He did it well. It gave me chills. I love that one
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:20am pacific standard simon:

Why do I suspect Eric's sincerity...?
Avatar 12:22am parquet heart:

This is not your parents Christmas show... well, at least not MY parents.
  12:23am JakeGould:

This is not my parent’s Christmas show because I’m Jewish & am pretty sure they are as well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:26am pacific standard simon:

Heh... my son is Jewish, but I'm not.
Avatar 12:26am grass pants:

I'm never asked but I don't think my parent were Jewish. I look a little Jewiish though.
  12:29am JakeGould:

Thanksgivingkah makes this holiday season a hella awkward for members of the tribe.
Avatar 12:30am rotting in hell:

I think I'm half Jewish and half Christian. No one really understands me.
  12:30am KP:

Oh my , this is beautiful, thanks Therese
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31am pacific standard simon:

Some people (crazy people, maybe) think that the native Americans were a lost tribe of Israel; think of your Thanksgivingkah in that light.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:31am Skirkie:

Happy Solstice, one and all.
  12:32am JakeGould:

Okay this bed music is nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:33am Ken From Hyde Park:

Do you have Art Carney and "Santa and the Doodle-Li-Boop" coming up?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:34am Skirkie:

The overt hurricane emergency jawn, if I'm not mistaken.
  12:35am JakeGould:

Solstice is in 5 days, yo.
Avatar 12:36am cowboy hands:

It's a good thing the solstice is near, if the days get much shorter I'm not even going to bother with getting out of bed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:37am pacific standard simon:

It's true.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:38am Ken From Hyde Park:

A full moon is coming soon. Looks like Tuesday.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:39am pacific standard simon:

Still haven't seen the comet, yet. Sounds like a washout.
  12:39am JakeGould:

Full moon Tuesday? Good thing I shaved today.
Avatar 12:40am jug line:

Got a peak of the moon before it dove behind snowy clouds in upstate NY. It looked very near full.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:41am pacific standard simon:

No need to rob Santa's sleigh, Jake.
  12:43am JakeGould:

Rob Santa’s sleigh? No. What? Splain.
Avatar 12:45am go-round backslider:

I remember Santa used to ride around in a Remington electric razor sled. Maybe that's what he means.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46am pacific standard simon:

"Monster's Holiday" - Lon Chaney, Jr.
  12:47am JakeGould:

WD-40/Duct tape: This Jew knows that Santa rode a Norelco (aka: NOELco), plebe. www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:49am pacific standard simon:

The monsters want to steal Santa's goodies; Wolfman wants a new razor. Santa foils the plot by.... oh, Therese, do you have the darn song?
Avatar 12:50am violent chill:

Ayh yes, NOELco, that's what Christmas is all about....closeness. Thanks for the reminder. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:56am Tome:

Darlene yahhh .. !..
Avatar 12:57am Nodo Offkey:

Snakes alive Therese! Time is flying by.
  12:58am Lonely Planet Boy:

Saw Ms Love's show Monday nite.
Avatar 1:00am BadKrampusZero:

BLERG! I just realized that the clock on my laptop doesn't update when I'm in a different time zone like the clock on my phone does. So it's not really 11:58pm here in Cleveland which means I've missed almost the entire first hour of Therese. :sadface:

Thank goodness for the archives; I'll be able to listen to what I missed.

So are the Christmas tunes an indication that you're taking next Sunday off, Therese?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:06am pacific standard simon:

Whoopee, Ms. Amanda!
Avatar 1:13am BadKrampusZero:

The Weather Girls made a video for this song. Sadly it is not as fantastic as their "It's Raining Men" video.
Avatar 1:15am amEdeo:

CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! butts.
  1:19am Julie:

Christmas cigarettes?
  1:20am JakeGould:

Kid Creole & the Chistamasnuts.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:29am Andrew Waterloo:

Great show Therese.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:33am Ken From Hyde Park:

Yay for Father Christmas...one of my favorites.
Avatar 1:40am Yamamoto Look:

@Ken Another vote for Father Christmas, seeing as how I can't find any Who Christmas tunes.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43am pacific standard simon:

Don't have a copy of Tommy?
Avatar 1:45am one bad tooth and ear:

@PSS You got me there, just found it on youtube. I forgot all about that song.
Avatar 1:46am BadKrampusZero:

Mojo Nixon recorded a version of "Good King Wenceslas" in which he sings "la la la" because he couldn't remember the actual lyrics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46am pacific standard simon:

Plus, you know Santa can see for miles and miles and miles and miles.
Avatar 1:48am shiny new ceiling:

Chuck Berry used to sing La, La, La but that's because he was gargling urine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:49am pacific standard simon:

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie:

www.straightdope.com...
Avatar 1:52am felonious lookalike:

@PSS "Hunky Dory's pop is lolly gaggin' on the wagon," If that's not classic Christmas lyric I don't what is!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55am pacific standard simon:

Dontcha just know it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59am pacific standard simon:

Brain signal's driftin'... nighty-night...
Avatar 2:01am Christian Swingle:

G'dnight. I lost my signal for about 1/2 hour just now. I feel your pain.
Avatar 2:13am BadKrampusZero:

I loved when Spinal Tap played this on "Saturday Night Live."
Avatar 2:20am BadKrampusZero:

Star Wars Christmas!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:22am Therese:

Shameless, I know.
Avatar 2:22am satin slips:

Chewbaca chorus: Aagggggh, Aargggh, Aaaargh
Avatar 2:23am BadKrampusZero:

John Bon Jovi's first professional recording. He sang vocals on this under his real last name [Bongiovi].
  2:24am Sleepless in Montreal:

I'm beat! Great show, Therese. <3
Avatar 2:25am BadKrampusZero:

His cousin was the producer.
Avatar 2:31am good china:

Never knew about the lawn ornament business Fountains of Wayne, too funny.
Avatar 2:32am BadKrampusZero:

I'm trying to think up a word that rhymes with "radar" to call your ability to detect Starbucks compiled music compilations.
Avatar 2:34am stray teapee:

@BKZ Latte' dar?
Avatar 2:38am My Feet Smell Good:

that would be a 'pirated' version of course.
Avatar 2:47am BadKrampusZero:

I can hear him through my headphones.
  2:57am Steve-O:

Hey Therese! Sorry I missed you tonight.....hope I can get a chance to check the archives soon, though. In the meantime, have a fantastic week, fellas! =)
  4:15am KP:

Hey there Amedeo
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